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Petersen: Arts education has long-lasting benefits

The Des Moines Register – State Sen. Janet Petersen

“This week, fine arts advocates talked with legislators about fine arts instruction in Iowa schools, encouraging us to add fine arts to the Iowa Core Curriculum. Research shows that: •Arts-engaged students are three times more likely to have excellent attendance records and four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. •Students in the arts outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT by 91 points…Education shouldn’t just focus on reading and math scores. Education should focus on the whole child. Arts education is a great place to start.”(more)